The Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center offers interactive exhibits and environmental education programs. Come learn about the Preserve's natural environment and rich history of the Lenape, the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground, the clay-miners, and organic farmer Herbert Gericke. Historical artifacts as well as wildlife specimens native to Staten Island's south shore are on display. Visitors can get up close and personal with live animals, enjoy the touch discovery station, look through a children's stereoscope or play in the kid's activity area. Be sure to venture outside and explore the miles of trails that wander among meadows, forests, wetlands, streams and to Sharrotts Pond.
The Interpretive Center offers environmental education programs year round for schools at all grade levels as well as interpretive programs, hikes, and themed walks for youth organizations and the general public. Contact the Center for more information on public, school, scout or camp programs.
Project/Event Description: We will be spreading mulch on the trails, removing invasive species, and picking up litter.
Meeting Location: The Nature Interpretive Center in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve, located at 2351 Veterans Rd W Staten Island, NY 10309. We are located near the intersection of Veterans Rd W and Sharrotts Rd. All ages welcome
Over 160 species of birds have been spotted in our Preserve. Learn about the ones that vacation and pass through here by playing games and hiking. Binoculars provided!
Take a tour of the historic Gericke Farm to learn about local history and everything that goes into operating a small organic farm. Meet at 2876 Arthur Kill Road.
All ages welcome.
Enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise and learn about our wild residents.
All ages welcome.
Learn about how to camp and hike without disturbing our natural world.